Adult Social Care - Coronavirus Act 2020 and Care Act Easements

What does this mean?

The Care Act 2014 sets out how people’s care and support needs should be met, ensuring local authorities place people’s wellbeing at the centre of all it does. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed considerable pressures on Adult Social Care making it necessary for the Government to introduce Care Act Easements as part of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

The framework has been produced alongside an Ethical Framework for Adult Social Care and all decisions made will be in line with this. Services are facing growing pressures as more people need support because unpaid carers are unwell or unable to reach them, and as care workers are having to self-isolate or unable to work for other reasons.

In Coventry we have made the decision that we no longer need to ease our Care Act duties.

  • Following a review we will no longer be using Care Act Easements for our financial assessments. Assessments are being undertaken remotely and via our on online assessment tool, this is happening within pre-Covid timescales and is now ‘business as usual’. As per usual processes, Social Workers will be responsible for discussing contributions and charging with people they are working with and making them aware of the potential for charging.
  • Following a review we will no longer be using Care Act Easements for our assessments, support plans and reviews. These are now being undertaken by telephony and using video conferencing. Risk assessments are in place to enable face to face assessments to be undertaken as required.

We may revisit this decision in the future if we face any significant staffing and demand pressures as a result of changes in the infection rate relating to Covid-19.

We are continuing to take the following steps in respect of specific services:

  • Ceasing of day services for adults with disabilities - Our day services initially temporarily closed due to the social distancing restrictions currently in place. Some day services have reopened on a limited basis from mid-august with appropriate risk assessments and contingencies in place
  • Travel training – The Travel Training service for adults with learning disabilities has temporarily ceased due to the social distancing restrictions and advice regarding public transport currently in place
  • Respite – residential respite services including those at Maurice Edelman House were initially unavailable as care homes take steps to prevent the spread of infection. Residential respite including that at Maurice Edelman House has been reintroduced on a limited basis and with the necessary precautions in relation to infection control and prevention.

If you have any queries, please contact either:

Andrew Errington (Adult’s Principal Social Worker)
Email: [email protected]


Pete Fahy (Director of Adult Services)
[email protected]

1 June 2020

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